Updates for New Students

Preparing for your first year at Bates is a lot of fun, but it takes some planning, too. To help you keep track of all the information you’ll receive from us via email, you can check this page for the latest updates.

As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

Why is Taking a Language Course In Your First Semester Important?

By Blake Reilly, Assistant Dean of Students on July 8, 2019

The benefits of studying another language are numerous and varied. Language study improves analytical skills and focus, increases cognitive abilities across subjects, and improves mental flexibility and creativity. In today’s global market, the ability to communicate in more than one language is an asset that leads to increased career possibilities and richer life experiences. Finally, the study of a world language other than English is a central component in a liberal arts education – it leads to a fuller appreciation and understanding of one’s own language and culture as well as those of others, and increases general awareness and empathy for individuals and communities across the globe.

With class advising and registration just around the corner, we hope you consider taking a language course in your first semester.  As a reminder, optional academic advising will be available from July 8th – July 12th and July 15th – July 19th.  Course registration will begin on July 15th and end on July 19th.  To learn more about why taking a language course in your first semester is important, please click here.

Registration for Fall Courses and Academic Advising

By The Registrar's Office on July 2, 2019

Dear Class of 2023,

Welcome to Bates!

Fall course registration is accessed through the Garnet Gateway between July 15th and July 19th. Within this time frame, you will enter your preferred fall courses and a few alternates into the registration system. You can find more information about the registration process by visiting the Registration Overview website. The staff in the Registrar’s Office is happy to assist with registration questions. Contact us Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST) at (207) 755-5949 or via email at registrar@bates.edu.

Summer Faculty Advisors will also be available to talk through course planning and questions the weeks of July 8th – 12th and July 15th – 19th (during registration). Their schedule of availability can be found on the Academic advising and Registration website for new students.

Registration Timetable

1) Request your preferred courses and alternates
July 15th, 10:00 a.m. EST – July 19th, 4:00 p.m. EST
Log in any time during the registration period, and select your preferred 4 courses and at least 4 alternate courses, including multiple FYS alternates.

Choosing a First-Year Seminar
Enrolling in a first-year seminar is strongly encouraged. You will have the opportunity to take a small-sized course designed for first-year students, and the instructor of your seminar will also be your academic advisor. First-Year Seminars also satisfy your first-year writing, [W1], requirement.

2) Review Your Fall Schedule
Beginning August 15th 
Between July 22nd and August 15th, the Registrar’s Office will assign students into the courses they requested, randomly assigning students into the spaces in limited courses. You may then view the results of randomization, and see which courses you gained entrance to beginning August 15th by logging into the Garnet Gateway and looking at your “View Course Schedule” page. This shows your current schedule after limited courses have been randomly filled. If you are happy with this schedule, you are done!

3) Adjusting your Schedule (Add/Drop)
September 3rd, 7:00 a.m. – September 17th
If you need to make changes to your schedule or add additional courses, Add/Drop is on a first-come, first-served basis and will open for all students on Tuesday, September 3rd at 7:00 a.m. You will have a chance to meet with your advisor during Orientation prior to add/drop opening.

The Registrar and Academic Systems Office

Bonner Leader Program

By Ellen Alcorn, Director, Bonner Leader Program on June 21, 2019

Hello Class of 2023,

Congratulations on your acceptance to Bates College! In addition to joining the Bates community, you are about to become a resident of Lewiston-Auburn, a wonderful place with many assets and opportunities for community engagement.

Here at the Harward Center, we love helping students think about how they’d like to engage with their new home. We support a variety of opportunities, including community work-study jobs, volunteer positions, summer fellowships, paid student civic leadership programs, and more.

Currently, I am writing to let you know about the Bonner Leader Program. We are currently accepting incoming first-year students into this program.

The Bonner Leader Program is an exciting opportunity for students with a passion for community service and civic engagement. Bonner Leaders spend four hours a week working with community partners in the Lewiston/Auburn area. In exchange for participating in all aspects of this program, Bonner Leaders receive a stipend each semester. Current Bonner Leaders participate in a wide range of activities, such as tutoring and mentoring in local schools and after-school programs, gardening, working with adult refugees, and participating in programming for senior citizens.

In addition to working in the community, Bonner Leaders spend about two hours a week together as a group, reflecting on experiences, participating in training to develop personal and leadership skills, and having fun.

I hope that you will strongly consider applying for this program. The application deadline is Monday, July 22nd, at 4:30pm. For more information about the Bonner Leader Program, including a brief video and a link to the application, please visit our website.

One point to consider prior to applying is that students who do best in the program are those able to commit adequate time to it. If you do not have the time to be a Bonner Leader, we have many other ways for you to engage within Lewiston/Auburn!

Regardless of whether or not you become a Bonner Leader, we are all excited to meet you in the fall! Please be on the lookout for the Harward Center and its numerous programs and opportunities next year.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.


Ellen Alcorn
Director, Bonner Leader Program

Class of 2023 Welcome Email and Common Read Documentary

By Blake Reilly, Assistant Dean of Students on June 11, 2019

Hello Class of 2023,

On behalf of everyone at the College, I would like to welcome you to Bates and look forward to the Opening Day of Orientation (Move in Day) on Monday, August 26th.

As you make plans throughout the summer for arriving on campus, please regularly review the Orientation Website.  Here you will find information regarding the Orientation schedule and a pre-arrival checklist that reflects all items that must be completed in the Garnet Gateway prior to your arrival. Your housing, AESOP, and health forms are due prior to July 1st, and it is important to ensure that all paperwork is submitted on time.  In addition, when you have a moment, please read the welcome letter to the Class of 2023 from the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Malcolm Hill.

Announcing Convocation 2019: Dolores Huerta 

As you begin to plan for your early academic experiences, we are excited to announce Dolores Huerta as the 2019 Convocation speaker. Convocation marks the opening of the academic year, bringing faculty, staff, and students together to join in intellectual discourse and reflection.

Huerta transformed the U.S. labor movement by leading the first farm workers’ union with Cesar Chavez.  Receiving numerous awards for immigrants’, women’s, and workers’ rights, Huerta was the first Latina inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame (1993).

Historians and the news media have often overlooked Huerta’s accomplishments and treat Cesar Chavez as the sole leader of the U.S. labor movement and the first farm workers’ union. Missing from this story is his equally influential co-founder, Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most effective and noteworthy feminists of the twentieth century.

Like so many powerful, women’s advocates, Dolores and her sweeping reforms were – and still are – largely undervalued. Even as she empowered a generation of immigrants to stand up for their rights, her own relentless work ethic was constantly under attack. Dolores remains as steadfast in ongoing social justice reform as ever at the age of 87.

Common Read Documentary: Dolores 
With Dolores Huerta’s address at Convocation 2019, the first-year class and others in the Bates community join in an exploration of the 2019 Common Read Documentary, Dolores, allowing us to learn more about a social justice icon.

Peter Bratt’s provocative and energizing documentary challenges the incomplete, one-sided history and reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to the fight for justice. Interweaving archival footage with interviews from Dolores and her contemporaries, the film sets the record straight on one of the most effective and undervalued civil and labor rights leaders in modern U.S. history.

We ask that you view this selection prior to your arrival in August.  We have provided streaming access to Dolores for free to you through using your Bates credentials.  As you view the documentary, consider all the viewpoints presented, and reflect upon your own life experiences as you prepare to embark upon the intellectual and personal journey that awaits you at Bates. We can’t wait to see you and start the conversation. In the meantime, enjoy the film and your summer.

Warm regards,

Margaret Imber, Associate Dean of the Faculty

Blake Reilly, Assistant Dean of Students